Cannon defeats Peacock in Charlotte mayoral race

    The Queen City has long enjoyed strong leadership from its public officials, seeing the likes of current U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx serve multiple terms as mayor, as well as Pat McCrory, Sue Myrick and Harvey Gantt. In addition to the region's scenic beauty and vibrant culture those considering their opportunities to buy a house in Charlotte can appreciate knowing that the city's politicians are among some of the best in the nation. 

    And that tradition of excellent administration continued on Nov. 5, as Democrat Patrick Cannon was elected to helm city hall after defeating mayoral hopeful Edwin Peacock, according to local television news station WBTV. At one point during the day, the race was once as close as 700 votes, and the two candidates finished six percentage points apart. Cannon received nearly 53 percent of the votes, finishing 6,266 ahead of Peacock, who garnered almost 47 percent of the day's ballots. 

    Cannon, a 47-year-old area business owner, addressed his supporters in a speech at the Sheraton Hotel after officially being named the mayor-elect of Charlotte on Tuesday night. 

    "I am happy, but in as much as I am happy, I am humbled," he said, WBTV reported. "I am humbled because this didn't have to be, but you made it so. Tonight, ladies and gentlemen, I am realizing a life goal. I have been on this journey since I entered politics two decades ago, at the age of 26, and have met so many great Charlotteans along the way. A journey where there hasn't been any crystal stairs. Things I've had to learn from, things I've had to gain from. But we've all grown together and I so thank you for being there for me today."

    However, Cannon was also sure to thank Peacock in his acceptance address.

    "I just spoke with him before I took the podium tonight," he said to supporters, the news source noted. "I told him how much I appreciate and admire the solid campaign that he ran. I want you all to give a hand to Edwin Peacock."

    When he enters office, Cannon will be relieving Patsy Kinsey, who served as interim mayor for a few months after Foxx was tapped by President Barack Obama as a cabinet member. 

    Cannon has storied past, impressive political career
    Perhaps one of the reasons Cannon is viewed so favorably among constituents is the fact he has prospered even through difficult situations.

    When he began his political career in 1993 at the age of 26, he was the Queen City's youngest-ever council member, according to the Charlotte Observer. Having never lost an election, it is apparent that Cannon is a favorite among locals. His father was killed when he was five years old, and he was raised by his single mother in public housing.

    Those looking to move to this area of North Carolina as Cannon assumes his new position can benefit by acting soon and enlisting the assistance of Lodestone Real Estate. Current conditions favor buyers as well as sellers, and the trusted agency's expansive database and cutting-edge technology can help facilitate the purchase process and expedite housing transactions.

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